Dave Matthews Band postpones tour, will headline Summerfest in Milwaukee in 2021

Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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One of Summerfest's headliners is rescheduling for next year. 

Dave Matthews Band is pushing back its 2020 tour to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The band originally was scheduled to headline the Milwaukee music festival's largest venue, the 23,000-capacity American Family Insurance Amphitheater, on July 2 this year. It will now headline the Big Gig on July 1, 2021.

"We make this decision with the health, safety, and well-being of our fans, touring crew, and venue staff as our priority," the band said in a statement. "We are incredibly grateful for all of our fans who come out to see us every summer and will miss seeing you all."

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All tickets purchased for the Summerfest 2020 show will be honored next year. Refunds for tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are available for the next 30 days. Those who purchased tickets with cash at the Summerfest box office will have 30 days to receive refunds in person when it reopens. 

The concert industry came to a sudden halt in March because of the pandemic, with several big tours scheduled for later in the year being impacted. On Friday, Rage Against The Machine announced its highly anticipated reunion tour will now take place in 2021, with a new date at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on July 10 next year. Elton John, Roger Waters and Blake Shelton all postponed tours with scheduled stops at Fiserv Forum until 2021. 

But Summerfest itself is still scheduled to go on this year — but for the first time, it's happening in September, from Sept. 2 to 4, 10 to 12 and 17 to 19.

Previously confirmed Summerfest 2020 headliner Sam Hunt has moved his amphitheater show to Sept. 4, while Steve Miller Band, booked to play Summerfest's BMO Harris Pavilion this year, has canceled.

Thirteen other shows at the amphitheater and pavilion were announced for Summerfest before it was postponed, including shows with Halsey, Khalid, Guns N' Roses, Luke Bryan and Justin Bieber. Festival officials have yet to announce if the other announced headliner shows will still take place in September. 

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